Writing with Warrior Plumage: A Poetry Workshop in the Time of Covid
Wednesdays July 8 to August 12, 2020, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
A generative and writing exchange workshop in spoken word poetry
We will explore our fiercest selves as we experiment with language to create an authentic poetry in these times of unprecedented isolation. Each workshop will begin with guided prompts to generate the images that will fuel our poems. We will share our work to the group to hone it for performance and to learn from one another's processes. The goal is to generate new work that addresses race, gender and sexual identity, and to craft it to be spoken to the world.
We will look at the elements of the 3-minute slam poem as a structure to put our biography onto the page within a nurturing environment, allowing us to explore our joys and fears in a safe space. We will tell our personal truths in a time where our stories are silenced. We will find our sharp edges and dive off the cliff of our most profound selves to write the poem we've been wanting to say in these times of political unrest.
2019 Maison Baldwin Residency Fellow Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer, winner of The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include NPR's Snap Judgement, TEDx Talk, MTV's Free Your Mind and two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. His work appears in Poetry, American Academy of Poets, Pine Hills Review & Beltway Poetry Quarterly, among others.
He is the recipient of multiple fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The DC Commission for the Arts. As a theater artist he received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production. The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. Regie is the publisher and founder of Capturing Fire Press and Slam and co-founder of Split This Rock in Washington, DC.